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CRNKN drops “the Clearing” EP

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CRNKN has the the third free release on the Nest HQ platform in what he is calling his “first legitimate EP”. Along with the 6 track EP, the man also known as Gabriel Baer released a concept video to outline the overall feel and idea of new EP “The Clearing”. The video is a black and white grainy artist rendering of a mans struggle to overcome fear to reach his goal, with clips of all 6 tracks playing one after the other setting the mood for the visuals. It is seemingly an artistic metaphor for whatever challenges lie between person and their ultimate goal and what it takes to achieve it. 

For Gabriel it seems his goal is to challenge what people expect of him musically. In an interview with Nest he states, “With The Clearing I wanted to try and distance myself from whatever preconceived notions people had / have about the kinds of music that I make”, he goes on to say, “It’s really important to have room to experiment and grow as an artist so with this release I’m hoping to lay the groundwork for that”.

CRNKN’s shift in artistic expression musically is apparent with one of his recent remixes “Bedroom Wall” from Banks, taking on a more deep house vibe rather than his usual trap beats. His experimentation is getting some positive feedback from the fans as well. I personally enjoy hearing an artist take on new styles mixed with their own, and with CRNKN, you can you can really hear how his style is evolving scrolling through his soundcloud.

Be sure to check out the Clearing EP below!

Zeds Dead remix’s Broken Bells in Latest Release

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Zeds Dead still fresh from releasing their single “Hadouken” come back around with another epic remix. This time DC & Hooks put their attention on Broken Bells “Holdin On For Life” adding their deep synths to give this song new life. Compared to the massive bass of Hadouken this remix creates  a deep vibe you can lose your head to, which would add a breathe of fresh air a crowd can come down to in a live set filled with the crazy highs and lows DC & Hooks uses to control their audience with their versatile sound. Zeds Dead continue to amaze with new tunes while they continue on with their 2014 Tour schedule. Make sure to follow Zeds Dead on facebook or soundcloud so you don’t miss out on any updates!

Check out their remix below:

RIP DJ Rashad – Cause of Death Confirmed

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DJ Rashad passes away Saturday, April 26 at the at of 34.

DJ Rashad was found unresponsive on the West Side of Chicago at 1:30 pm. The cause of death was a blood clot in his leg. Rashads cousin made his label Hyperdub aware of the cause after reports from blogs and other media outlets prematurely concluded that his cause of death was due to an overdose. News of his death began circulating through social media websites as friends and artists began posting their condolences after DJ Godfather, who was scheduled to play alongside DJ Spinn & Rashad that evening, revealed the news via Twitter.

Born Rashad Harden, the local Chicago DJ is well known for his influences and contributions to the rise of the juke and footwork scene in the city. Getting involved with ghetto house in his early years he started out dancing and taking part in battles before moving on to DJing and his own music productions alongside lifelong friend and collaborator DJ Spinn. Rashad and the Teklife crew gained a reputable following after Rashad signed with British Dance Label Hyperdub and releasing a beautiful dance album “Double Cup” in 2013. DJ Rashad also released a new ep “We On 1” on the 22nd of April, the first release on Southern Belle Recordings.

Check out DJ Rashad perform at last years Pitchfork Music Festival.

Hyperdub and Rashad’s representatives have released a statement on his death. Read it in full below:

DJ Rashad aka Rashad Hanif Harden, 34-years-old (born October 9th 1979) the Calumet City, IL-based DJ and producer, passed away around Saturday, April 26, 2014 on Chicago’s Lower West Side. He leaves behind a nine-year-old son, Chad and his parents, mother Gloria Harden, and father, Anthony Harden. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. 

Rashad’s father told the Chicago Sun Times on Saturday: “Since he was a kid, he’s been doing this. He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don’t get a chance to make our dream come true.”

His manager, Wes Harden: “Rashad was a kind soul that left an indelible mark on the music world as the torchbearer of Footwork and Juke.  Rest assured that all of those close to him will make sure that the legacy lives on for a great man whose life has been cut far too short.”

Kode9 from Hyperdub: “I was honored to release music from Rashad on Hyperdub. I’ve only known him for around 3 years, but he had become a good friend and one of my biggest musical influences. He was one of the funniest, most positive people I’ve ever met and a true innovator. Everyone at the label is devastated by his passing and wish to send our sincere condolences to all his friends and family in Chicago, the Teklife crew and anyone anywhere who was graced by his presence and uplifted by his music. I’ll never forget singing duet with him in a karaoke bar in Tokyo” 

DJ Rashad was a quintessential figurehead in the evolution from Ghetto House to Chicago Juke to Footwork and one of the artists to have to consistently pushed the evolution of the Footwork genre forward. He was born in Chicago and moved to the deep south suburb of Calumet City, IL soon after. Rashad started out as a dancer (around the time he was in seventh grade) cutting his teeth with some of the most respected dance groups including House­O­Matics, The Phyrm, and Wolf Pac. He quickly thereafter took up DJing with some of his first public gigs around 1992 at spots like his sixth grade high school club Jubilation. He met his longtime ally, DJ Spinn, during homeroom class at Thornwood High School in 1996.  They quickly began producing tracks at each others’ houses.  During this era, they DJ’d parties with the likes of RP Boo, DJ Clent, Gant-­Man and others.. His first release to make it to vinyl was the track Child Abuse on Dance Mania (mislabeled as DJ Thadz) in 1998. Following the release of his single Itz Not Rite (Planet Mu) and his inclusion on the Bangs and Works album (Planet Mu) circa late 2010 he was constantly in demand around the world and spent the majority of his time on the road touring the world as a DJ, more often than not in tandem in with his closest, lifelong friend, DJ Spinn.

He was involved in many Footwork cliques – including Beatdown House (founded by DJ Clent), the Ghettoteknitianz (with DJ Spinn) and Teklife. As a producer his crowning achievement was the October 2013 release of his album Double Cup on Hyperdub Records featuring collaborations with DJ Spinn, Taso, DJ Phil, Manny, Earl and Addison Groove. His last performance as a DJ was at Vinyl Club in Denver, CO on April 24, 2014. A new EP We On 1 is slated for release today Monday April 28th via a new Houston-based label called Southern Belle. His collaborations Acid Life with Gant-Man and Bombaklot with DJ Earl and DJ Taye are featured on the forthcoming Hyperdub 10th anniversary celebration album Hyperdub 10.1 which will be released May 20th. His music will live on eternally.

 

 

Preview Detonate by PHNM – Out on May 26

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PHNM, this producer from Arlington, Texas, is going to turn up the crowds with this new banger he is set to release this May on the 26th. Debuting on Beatport with this track, under Rad Summer records, “Detonate” will blow up the dance floor at his resident DJ spots in Chicago.

Mad respect to this man, otherwise known as Colin, who randomly gives away his tracks for friends on his facebook, if you are lucky enough to catch his posts that is. Shows how genuine he can be to his fans. So follow him on facebook or soundcloud so you don’t miss out on any future updates from him!

You can catch PHNM hit the decks at Soundbar on Saturdays, The Underground Chicago on Sundays and just recently announced on his facebook, Roof on theWit on Thursdays! There’s really no excuse to be bored in this city when you have talent like this playing everywhere.

Don’t forget to preview his upcoming track “Detonate” below!

Flume remixes Lorde

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“I promised I’d do a remix for Ella. Couldn’t be happier with it :)” Harley Edward Streten posts on his twitter and we couldn’t be happier with it as well! Better known for DJ/producer name Flume, this track was unleashed unto the crowd at Coachella in a blaze of glory. The Australian producer who obviously has a good ear when it comes to making bangin beats and euphoric instrumentals picks the perfect candidate to remix. Lorde‘s track Tennis Court takes on a new vibe when Flume adds his signature touch to it that will send shivers down your spine.  

Take a listen to the track on soundcloud or check out the video below

This Disclosure music video was banned

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When the Disclosure brothers released a music video for their track “Help Me Lose My Mind” it was instantly put out in the spotlight, but not in a way you would think. The topic of discussion was that this video portrayed drug use in youth culture and so the controversial music video was taken off the web. But it was not long before it came back on the Daily Motion video portal. However, it disappeared from there as quickly as it came back. But in an Q&A with Revolt the two brothers didn’t seem to mind stating “Music videos aren’t our thing”.

Through the eyes of electronic music fans the music video would seem harmless. There is no such drug or drug use through out the whole video. Nope it is quite the opposite rather. The drug of choice in the video was not a drug at all. It was just the song that Disclosure made for the video in the first place. The kids in the video do what any music lover would do. They dance with a heightened sense of euphoria in their steps in a dimly lit club setting, with flashing lights and a yearning for adventure as the tune soothes their eardrums. As we all do when we hear such beautiful sounds.

The video? Well it is hard to find, but not impossible. With enough searching it came up on an Asian version of youtube. There is no telling how long it will stay up. But catch it while you can in this link right here and you decide. Is it too graphic for audiences? Hit play if you dare!

Robbie Rivera ft. Caroline D’ Amore – Manipulate Me

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House music mastermind Robbie Rivera unleashes this hypnotizing tech house track onto his fans on the 28th day of April. Featuring Caroline D’ Amore on vocals this track will get your head lost in music. Add this track to any playlist and you can manipulate and control a crowd as good as Robbie Rivera himself. Or almost as good!

Although you have to purchase this track to own it, Robbie has been releasing some beautiful tunes as free downloads recently. You do not want to miss out on those! So make sure  to follow him on facebook or soundcloud to keep up with his latest updates.

Check out Manipulate Me below.

Kygo, The one and only

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At the age of 22 Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, otherwise known as Kygo, is already dominating the music scene with his one of a kind productions that has caught the attention of some reputable artists such as Coldplay, Diplo and Avicii. With what his fans dubbed tropical house music, Kygo has truly created music that can stand in on its own. Starting his musical journey at the age of 6 taking up the piano, it would not be for another 10 years of training till Kyrre would move onto his own compositions. But it wasn’t until he heard Avicii’s 2010 single ‘Seek Bromance‘ that inspired him to take on progressive house music and start producing tracks of his own. 

In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Kyrre explains the creative process in which he creates his masterful melodies. “I always play piano over the original track. I often stay sitting up all night” He continues “I get into a zone where I’m really in my own world when I make music”. This commitment to his music production is what launched Kygo to the top of the charts on both Billboards Uncharted, and Hype Machine No.1 Remixes

As Kyrre got progressively better in the studio, he noticed an unsettling pattern in mainstream electronic music. “All the songs sounded the same,” he exclaimed, “Suddenly, everything was about who had the most badass drop and I got really tired of that. I just wanted to make melodies. I started trying to do my own thing and let the melodies make the genre themselves”. This ambition is what set Kyrre apart from other music producers and this passion, unknowing to the Norgweign producer, is what will ultimately got the ball rolling to his inevitable success.

Kygo first showed his style through his remix of Let Her Go by the Passengers, and with overwhelming support from his fans and blogs, the song reach No. 1 on Hype Machine. Followed by 10 more successful remixes reaching No. 1. Finally it was his entry into LE7ELS’ “Miami 82” remix contest in February that got him some real attention. The label hit him up the next day to sign the track and before he knew it he is living every aspiring producers dream! 

In the following days Ultra Music Festival picked up his remixed and used it for the their offical promotional video for 2014, quickly putting Kygo in the spotlight in the electronic dance music industry. It did not take long for Diplo’s keen ears to hear Kyrres talent. He went on his facebook page, and “begged him” to make a mix on Diplo & Friends. Promoting his music as it is; sexy and “100% original”. That’s how Diplo likes it, and that’s how we at Evolved Music like it.

Afterwards even Pete Tong, the legendary british DJ and host of Radio 1, got word of this up and coming talent through Coldplays Chris Martin to get in touch with Gold Hare, Kygo’s management group. Exclusively revealed to Billboard, Kygo was commissioned to officially remix Coldplay’s latest single “Midnight” soon after.

“I only touched a DJ controller for the first time last year, but I’m getting better,” he says, laughing. “Most of my songs are really slow compared to ones other artists make, so it’s pretty difficult to find songs in between that I can use to increase the tempo”, he told Billboard. But from the sounds of his mix on Diplo & Friends it did not take him long to get used to it.

Now It seems like smooth sailing for Kygo as he is already taking on his own 9 city North American Tour with 4 venues already sold out. Now it is only a matter of time before Kygo becomes one of the more popular names in the electronic music scene with some original production in the works and “Midnight” to be released as I mentioned earlier. I am so excited to hear what else Kyrre has to offer to our ears. His music truly vibes with the soul and I definitely will be vibing on the dancefloor to his one of a kind productions when he hits up the Mid in my hometown Chicago! Keep up with Kygo on his soundcloud and facebook, you wouldn’t want to miss what he has coming up! 

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Dillon Francis reveals release date for new album

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Coming back from a few crazy weekends at Ultra Music Festival & more recently Coachella, Dillon Francis is not calming down yet. If anything the festivals gave him more life as he makes it known on twitter & facebook. So much so that he releases his Daft Punk trap remix for free! Even with his Chromeo remix still hot being released only a week before.

No genre is safe when Dillon Francis is at his “bedside studio”. In a hilarious interview with Power 96 on a balcony overlooking Ultra, Dillon discusses his upcoming album, which he says is for sure being released in July with the title Money Sucks, Friends Rule. This title seems true to Dillons lifestyle as he just gave away his Daft Punk remix for his fans as I mentioned earlier; and all his hilarious antics with his fellow dj friends for example, more recently, shooting a hilarious trailer for Hard Summer 2014, where Dillon is scheduled to play as well! So this album should be a game changer, with collaborations with Twista, and even Brendon Urie from Panic! At the Disco. I can’t wait to see what random styles Dillon put together for his debut album. Keep your eyes and ears open!

Check out the full interview below!

Worthy drops Hit Me EP, Nest HQ’s 2nd free release

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Nest HQ is keepin it at deep house and future bass vibes with another release this time by Worthy. With a history already full of ridiculous EP releases, this producer from San Francisco is only starting to showoff his creative potential. In an  interview on the Nest HQ platform Worthy talks about his experience at Coachella, the creative process in making his Hit Me EP and his up coming album Disbehave, which is set to be released this June.

Just coming back from playing with the Dirtybird Label crew (in which he helped form with Claude VonStroke and Justin & Christian Martin in 2001) on The Do Lab stage at Coachella, Worthy is proving to be a busy man. Just releasing Hit Me he is also finishing up the long process of getting his album Disbehave together. “It is a bit experimental and chiller than what most people will expect from me”. He goes on to say, “My overall goal with the album is to give myself a platform in which to reach a broader audience and show people the range of music I can create.”

Worthy‘s Hit Me EP is Nest HQ’s 2nd free release with AC Slater debuting its first. But you cannot compare the two completely for Worthy’s sound is real unique. With what he calls “Booty Future House” this 2 track ep will definitely keep the ladies on the dance floor shakin their thangs. Just a couple of vocal samples, some deep basslines and old school break beats and Worthy has added a couple of masterpieces to his playlist. I’m excited to see what this guy has in store with for us in his upcoming album. Should be worth waiting for!

Check out & download the EP below and read the creative process in making Hit Me in full detail in the interview here.